The fight for the final two spots in the inaugural Kappa Women’s Super Cup heats up this weekend, with two Semi Final showdowns set to kick off tomorrow, Saturday 28 August.
Just one regional team remains, with North Queensland Women’s Premier League side Brothers Townsville joining NPL Women’s team Lions FC and FQPL Women’s sides Logan Lightning and Western Pride in the hunt for a spot in the Final.
Logan Lightning will get things underway as they host defending Champions Lions FC in an NPL Women’s Grand Final rematch, with two of the most lethal female strikers in the competition set to meet. Brittany Lacek has championed her Logan side throughout their quest for the inaugural Kappa Women’s Super Cup. In a nail-biting encounter against Souths United in the Quarter Finals, Lacek fired a decisive goal to secure Logan a crucial spot in the Semi Finals.
Lacek will face an even tougher test though as she comes head-to-head with Lions’ goal machine Shea Connors. In the Quarter Finals, the formidable Lions enjoyed a strong spell of form with Connors playing a key role as their creative spark. No stranger to a hat-trick, Connors will look to snare more in front of the goal this weekend.
Saturday’s Semi Final clashes will continue with a thrilling encounter between North Queensland side Brothers Townsville and NPL Women’s side Western Pride. The stakes are higher than ever for the Brothers side as they push to settle the score for regional glory. The Townsville club caused a real buzz in the Quarter Finals as they handed their regional rivals, Central FC, a 5-0 defeat.
To the enjoyment of Townsville’s home crowd, Emily Benton wasted no time in scoring a hat-trick. Boasting one of the best defensive records in the competition, the Brothers side has a strong history in their local league with three consecutive Premierships as well as back-to-back Championships and will be ready to take on the challenge.
Western Pride meanwhile will see this as a daring opportunity to take out their regional opponents for a spot in the Final. Pride side handed Sunshine Coast Premier League side Maroochydore FC a 2-0 defeat in a thrilling inter-zone clash in the Quarter Finals in which Gladys Esquival lit up the match for Pride, scoring freely in the first half.
Bronti Hodgkinson relished the opportunity to blaze a trail for her team with a second goal for the side as she steered them to the top four teams in the knockout competition. Through relentless attacks, Pride continue to prove a handful for their rivals in the search for Kappa Women’s Super Cup glory.
Logan Lightning v Lions FC
Saturday, 28 August, 4pm
Brothers Townsville v Western Pride
Saturday, 28 August, 6pm
Hi Vista Park
Words: Charlotte Monteath